Al Barsha Mall? Where’s that? Well, the name is a bit of a give-away, to be honest – it’s right in the middle of Al Barsha. You might not have heard of it, though, as it’s one of Dubai’s lesser-known malls. Don’t go there expecting something like The Dubai Mall, though. It’s not huge.
So tell me about the shops… You can get your weekly shop done at the enormous (and generally brilliant-value) supermarket, Union Co-op. And once you’ve bought all the sustenance you need, head to Japanese store Daiso to get your fix of everything from fake eyelashes to banana slicers for just Dhs7 each. There are more than 40 other shops in the centre, including My Perfumes, where you can create your own fragrance by mixing other scents, Little Greece, selling organic produce and delicious pies from the European nation and cool yogawear store Kata & Asana (though be prepared to splurge). Elsewhere in the mall, you can get everything from flowers to a new mobile phone.
What’s the entertainment and the food like? This is a great mall to head to if you have kids, since the mall is home to both a Cheeky Monkeys and Kiddieville play centres. There are indoor fairground rides, arcade machines, bouncy castles and more. After you’ve gone there, pay a visit to the food court or pop into the likes of French Bakery, Manoushe Street or Burger Fuel, to name a few. I don’t know, I’ve been eating too many burgers lately… In that case, check out the enormous branch of Gold’s Gym upstairs where you can sign up to work up a sweat. This one is mixed, but there’s also a Gold’s Ladies Club on the ground floor.
What else is in the area? Check out Al Barsha Pond Park, just across the road. The park is built around a man-made lake and has a bike and jogging track, plus tennis and basketball courts and pedal-kart hire.
Only at Al Barsha Mall: V Perfumes Find your favourite fragrances for a fraction of the cost at this discount perfume store. Located on the ground floor of the mall, pick up well-known brands from Hermes to Dior for hundreds of dirhams cheaper than the city’s big department stores. We’re not sure what its secret is, but we’re sold. (04 325 5252).